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Bee City

Publication date 1951
Topics Insects
Digitizing sponsor International Tele-Film Productions, Inc.
Humorous exploration of the life of the bee.


A companion film to Ant City, though not as good. title crawl: "an amazing chapter in nature's wonderland" lots of XCUs of the hive; JK tells us that bees sleep with their eyes open, that there are 5,000 bees to a pound, and that worker bees feed an average larva 13 or 14 hundred (?!) times a day.
"Odor is very important in the life of a bee." As usual, JK's narration drags behind what's on the screen.

CU Flowers - time lapse blooming
Frightening zoom into man-made bee hive
CU Black gloves opening hive - bees swarming
CU Hive
CU Honey storage
Great CU Bees
Surreal CU - possible bee
Another CU Single bee on honeycomb
CU Bee on flower gathering pollen
Bees swarming into hive
CU Bees (from above)
Bees all crowded together
Fight between a bee and ants
CU Ants and bee
CU Queen bee
Natural beehive

Danger Lurks


Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2016
Subject: All About Bees
Well narrated actually. In parts where intricate behavior is being shown the narrator has to ad lib because these are live bees doing things not second by second predictable. Good film. Quite complete.

My mom must've fed me royal jelly. Not something you should feed baby boys (ahem).
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2010
Subject: Bee City
Folksy, personal, and well-informed review of bee life.

See what they do, and what they make.

They've said that they want your support.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2003
Subject: Bee City
This is like Ant City, only about bees. It's a little more interesting than the other film, probably because bee life is somewhat more interesting than ant life. Like the other film, though, it has a questionable narrator who sounds like he's winging it. And he never tells us exactly how honey is made, which to my mind is missing the point. Mostly, though, this is an average nature film with slightly weird narration.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2003
Subject: A film in need of a script.
I'm still up in the air of what I think of John Kieran's 'Kaleidiscope' films. On one hand, they seem woefully ilprepared and scattered, yet on the other, you can't argue with the man's knowledge and every-man's narration. It sounds to me that Mr. Kieran learned about Bees yesterday, and just can't wait to tell us about it. But a script WOULD be nice, as the "um's and ahhh's' seem to get in the way.
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